The Paranormal in Restaurants

 
 


Juliana

Location: Bath (Somerset) - Popjoy's Restaurant (Beau Nash House)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century?
Further Comments: Beau Nash's mistress Juliana is reported to haunt this restaurant, as is another ghostly woman wearing clothing from the 1960s. They say the latter figure looks perfectly solid until she vanishes...


 
 


Floating Cat

Location: Battle (Sussex) - Gatehouse Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: This small ghostly house cat floats along a corridor in the restaurant before vanishing through a wall.


 
 


Dorothy Southworth

Location: Blackburn (Lancashire) - Samlesbury Hall (part of the building now a restaurant), and road outside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 May 2006
Further Comments: This pale female spectre haunts an area of the garden where her lover was killed. It is said she is sometimes accompanied by a knight. A bus driver travelling on the road by the hall reported stopping to let a pale girl climb on board, only for her to vanish. In May 2006, the owner of a newly opened restaurant within the building reported a white figure which ran past him, cross the road, and vanished into nearby fields.


 
 


Tinkling the Ivory

Location: Bradford on Avon (Wiltshire) - Fat Fowl restaurant
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The piano in the restaurant is said to occasionally play a note or two under its own accord, while cutlery moves and doors close by unseen hands.


 
 


Black Lady

Location: Bridgnorth (Shropshire) - Magpie House Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom's children were drowned in the cellar of Magpie House when the River Severn broke its banks. Her woman in black has been observed moving around the building and is sometimes heard crying.


 
 


Cavalier

Location: Bridport (Dorset) - Pedler Restaurant (was an old water mill?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1980s
Further Comments: Seen a couple of times by the family who owed the establishment, this phantom Cavalier was also caught on film (though there was some debate whether the 'figure' was just a trick of the light).


 
 


Woman in Crinolines

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - La Taverna Dell' Artista restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is unclear whether it is a single woman or several which have been seen drifting around this arty restaurant.


 
 


Quaker

Location: Buckingham (Buckinghamshire) - Old Market House, High Street (currently a restaurant)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This building is haunted by a tall female Quaker wearing a black dress with high collar. She is more likely to be encountered in the upper parts of the building, though has been known to tap men on the shoulder while they stand in the men's toilets.


 
 


Gunman

Location: Butlerstown (County Waterford) - Coach House restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: It is claimed this location is haunted by a gunman who was shot dead by the British in 1921.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: Canterbury (Kent) - The Old Weaver's House, currently a restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen by a domestic assistant, the lady in grey was observed ascending the staircase.


 
 


Three Children

Location: Canterbury (Kent) - Tiny Tim's Tearoom (restaurant), 34 St Margaret's Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Workmen working on restoring the building during the 2000s reported the sounds of children playing on the staircase, strange noises in the attic, and youngsters whispering in a panelled room where they had found the relics from several children.


 
 


Pourer

Location: Carlisle (Cumbria) - Citadel Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid - late twentieth century
Further Comments: A tall black shape was seen emerging through a wall, pouring itself onto the ground. An old woman wearing grey was also seen here.


 
 


Henrietta

Location: Chester (Cheshire) - Blue Bell Inn (currently East Glory Restaurant)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Henrietta waited for her Royalist lover to return from Battle of Rowton Moor, but discovered he had been killed. She committed suicide in the cellar. Her phantom is said to emerge from the cellar and walk to an upstairs window to wait for her lovers return.


 
 


Jack

Location: Chester (Cheshire) - Old Fire Station Restaurant, Northdate Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Sporting a beard, this phantom fireman wearing a brass helmet was known only as Jack. A fireman who watched the figure sitting on a ladder was so shocked he rang the emergency bell to summon help. Even though the phantom had vanished by the time other people arrived on the scene, the witness quit his job soon after.


 
 


Kitchen Hand

Location: Chilton Polden (Somerset) - Rumbling Tum restaurant (still present?), off the A39
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: A tall, lean female form was reported in the kitchen of this roadside restaurant. A little old man has also been reported by guests


 
 


Black Clad Figure

Location: Derby (Derbyshire) - MacDonald's restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This entity, wearing a long black raincoat, reputedly emerges from a wall after first appearing in Miss Selfridge clothing store.


 
 


Condemned Man

Location: Dorchester (Dorset) - Judge Jeffrey's Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Used as a court room by Judge Jeffreys, the ghost that reputedly haunts this building is one of many that the Judge had hanged.


 
 


Footsteps

Location: Dunbar (Lothian) - Jersey Arms (currently Creel Restaurant)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This former smuggling inn is said to be home to phantom footsteps which may be using an old tunnel which once lead to the harbour.


 
 


Man in Long Coat

Location: Edwinstowe (Nottinghamshire) - Redbrick House restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1989 / 1990
Further Comments: A man with long hair and a long coat has been spotted standing outside this restaurant at various times of the day and night.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: Eton (Berkshire) - Cockpit Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A petite lady in grey was said to haunt this building.


 
 


Old Lady

Location: Fordingbridge (Hampshire) - Hourglass Restaurant, formerly fourteenth century farmhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shade of an old lady warms herself by sitting by one of the original fireplaces.


 
 


Emily

Location: Haworth (Yorkshire) - Haworth Parsonage, surrounding moor land, the path to Bronte waterfall, and former Weaver's Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The famous abode of the Bronte Sisters, it is Emily who now haunts the grounds, her head bowed as in deep thought and meditation. She suddenly vanishes of anyone comes too close. The apparition may appear several days either side of the date given.


 
 


Foundry Worker

Location: Inverness (Highland) - Eastgate Mall, Laura Ashley shop and Pizza Express restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: Blown light bulbs and fuses are all blamed on the shade of a former worker on the site, as are the movements of the doors when they open and close unaided.


 
 


Lady

Location: Kegworth (Leicestershire) - Cottage Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A female ghost (or at least a presence) is said to haunt the ladies toilets.


 
 


Luck of Eden

Location: Langwathby (Cumbria) - Eden Hall (aka Edenhall) Country Hotel and Restaurant
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present (but in the Victoria and Albert museum)
Further Comments: Stolen from fairies by a former butler, the fifteen centimetre tall cup was locked away deep within the house, before being moved to the V&A - a curse placed by the little folk in retaliation for the theft states that if the beaker breaks, so does the Eden Hall's luck. The hall is also reputedly haunted by an elderly lady, who may have been a maid, who has a habit of appearing as a reflection in a mirror.


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